Friday, July 31

2 more nests today!

Nest 61 had a 33” crawl.  Nest 62 was laid and 87 eggs were moved back to the dune.  37” crawl

The winds are blowing, the tide is rising and the moon is full.  Not a good combination for our nests.

Inventory results:

Nest 1- 103 shells, 10 unhatched, 1 pipped And 1 live hatchling

Nest 2- 97 shells, 11 unhatched, 2 pipped, 7 dead and 5 live hatchlings

Nest 3- 104 shells, 11 unhatched, 26 pipped, 17 dead and 12 live hatchlings

Monday, July 27

Nest #60!  She was just finishing up when morning patrol got there.  The nest was laid and 104 eggs were relocated to a safer location.  Her crawl was 33”

The BIGGEST news of the day is that nests 1 and 2 both hatched.  Nest 1 was during the night.  Nest 2 had 67 hatchlings between 10:00 and midnight and then more during the night.  72 days for #1 and 69 days for #2.

Nest 3 had several more come out during the night.

Nest 4 had lots more during the night and 1 dead hatchling in the runway this morning.

Nest 5 had 5 more

Nest 7 had 48 come out around 9:30 then a few more during the night

Nest 5 inventory results:  110 egg shells, 29 unhatched, 5 dead, 7 pipped and 6 live hatchlings

Sunday, July 26

1 nest, 3 false crawls

Nest 59 had a 29” crawl and 110 eggs.  She was spotted on the beach last night and actually dug a hole but moved to another spot and nested.  It was still too close to the escarpment to leave in place.

The 3 false crawls were 32” at east point, 28” west of the point and 29” east of 629


Nest 3 had 31 hatchlings in the evening and 7-8 more during the night

Nest 4 had several more during the night

Nest 5 had 9 more for the evening

Nest 7 had 1 waving for a couple of hours and ended up watching 11, then 7-8 more during the night

No, nests 1 & 2 haven’t done anything yet!  Yes, they are on day 71 & 68.  Yes, we have been there EVERY night.

3 (62 days), 4 (60 days), 5 (60days), 7 (60 days)

Saturday, July 25

Nest #58 had a 32” crawl.

Nest #5 had 22 more hatchlings emerge over the evening last night and there were a few more tracks in the runway this morning.

Nest #3 had a crab hole and hatchling in the runway that was pulled out by the crab.  We saw him safely to the water.

Tuesday, July 21

Nest #55 had a 36” crawl.

Holden Beach is still the only nest to hatch so far.  I texted with Matthew this morning asking about the earlier nests and his response was that everything is delayed due to the cold snap in May/June.  SC and GA are also delayed.  Our nest 1 is at 66 days now.